The “enlightening mission” initially made us think of the Abraham/Rosita/Eugene mission to get to Washington, D.C., but the promo and sneak peek videos only focus on Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Beth Greene (Emily Kinney). So is this the Daryl-focused episode we've been waiting for, or is that still to come? That one is meant to be "magnificent," whenever it arrives.
In the Ep 12 promo, we see Daryl and Beth on a road, on a golf course, at a plantation-style home (golf course clubhouse?), everywhere except the train tracks almost everyone else is on. (B&D were on tracks back on Episode 10, but it looks like they went in the opposite direction of Ty & Carol so maybe they didn't see a "Terminus" sign.) We hear Beth's voice-over say, "After the prison, we were always moving. We just need a safe place to be. We can stop running, stop scavenging." Is she talking to someone? She was writing in her journal before, and she used these exact same words in Ep 10, except before she said "farm" and here it's "prison." Is there meaning in that change? How long has it even been since she and Daryl left the prison? She also shouts "Daryl!" and seems to hide. The promo music is super-creepy and clearly wants us to be scared for them. It's like a mini horror movie.
Talking Dead shared an extended sneak peek which also just focused on Daryl and Beth. It's a night scene, with Beth heading into an abandoned car to test it out. No luck. But walkers are coming so they have to take refuge together in the trunk of the car. It's meant to be a scary scene but, girl, how freakin' lucky. Trunk time with the hottest Dixon.
A second sneak peek shows Daryl hunting in the woods while Beth attempts to set up a camp, smartly using a side-view mirror to create a fire. (So is this scene after the car sneak?) She'd do OK on Survivor after all. We also see Daryl vs. a snake. It's a silent scene, but we see the two survivors in action, really roughing it. If only they knew there were houses with pudding in the same area!
And don't forget about the footage from the promo AMC shared at the end of January. That was a more general second half promo, but it showed Daryl running through a cemetery, Beth walking away from a giant fire, and Beth saying "You have to save who you are, not who you were."
In those Beth scenes, she's wearing what looks like a yellow collared shirt. Where did she get that, when the Ep 12 promos and sneak peeks show her in her tank top? Do they find shelter with new clothes? Does any or all of that happen right on Episode 12, or later on? It does seem like this Sunday's ep will show Daryl near that walker with the "rich bitch" sign, although we're still not sure what that's about.
Watch all of those promo/sneak peek videos below.
And don't worry or get excited about Beth and Daryl having a romantic relationship, since Norman already said B&D would be "getting to know each other on a different level, but not romantically. There are definitely lessons being taught in both directions."
If this ep just follows Daryl and Beth — and it's looking that way — it means we'll have gone two episodes without the Tyreese/Carol/kids and Maggie/Bob/Sasha groups, since they weren't featured in Episode 11 either.
Looking past Episode 12 may give us more hints on what's to come. The synopsis for Episode 13, “Alone” (March 9) reads, "One group finds a shelter; a group has a realization about protection." Do you think those are two different groups? Do you think the shelter is the Terminus sanctuary or a shelter more like the home Rick, Michonne and Carl found in Episode 9 (then had to leave on Ep 11)?
The synopsis for Episode 14, “The Grove” (March 16) reads, "After establishing a new shelter, the group considers things returning to they way they used to be." Is this the group as a whole, including multiple mini groups or just the same mini group from Episode 13? Maybe it’s Ty, Carol and the kids, who are most in need of shelter at this point, since it’s especially dangerous to have a crying baby on the road. Anyway, The Grove sounds hopeful, but Rick did say we’d never get things back to the way they used to be.
The synopsis for Episode 15, “Us” (March 23) is "Survivors rely on brutality and faith." That sounds like a quick change from the way things used to be. Is it even referring to the same shelter group, or others? Here’s the synopsis for Episode 16, the March 30 season finale, called “A”: "Many paths collide; Rick faces sheer brutality; the group struggles to survive." So that singles Rick out for sheer brutality, but the whole group is in peril.
How does that relate to Episode 12, “Still”? Not sure. Don't forget Tony, though — the guy who saw Rick under the bed? Actor Davi Jay plays Tony and he’s credited on this ep, as well as “Alone,” “Us” and “A.” That may not mean anything (IMDb can be deceiving), but it's something to keep in mind.
Here's something else to consider: Spoil the Dead shared on-set spoiler photos from the second half, and Norman’s Daryl was seen filming on train tracks with a gray-haired man (who looks suspiciously like Jeff Kober's tennis-ball-bouncing bad guy from Episode 11). Beth isn’t seen in those shots. We just see Daryl wearing a jacket, carrying a trash bag. Do Daryl and Beth connect with those "bad guys" from Episode 11 ... or maybe just Daryl does? During filming, someone also reportedly saw Daryl carrying Beth. Could that mean bad things for Beth?
If you want a full spoilers synopsis for Episode 12, Spoil the Dead's "spoiler fairy" issued some highlights. Just to ease any fears you may have, it sounds like no one dies this week!
The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.